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Manchester United will sell Netherlands striker Robin van Persie, 31, and Argentina winger Angel Di Maria, 27, this summer - to make way for the signing of Real Madrid's 25-year-old Wales forward Gareth Bale. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Tottenham's England striker Harry Kane, 21, is also at the top of United's list of summer transfer targets, with the Old Trafford club considering a £40m bid. (Times - subscription required)external-link

Atletico Madrid will try to see off interest from Chelsea in forwards Antoine Griezmann, 24, and Koke, 23, by raising their buy-out clauses from about £43m to closer to £100m in new contracts this summer. (Guardian)external-link

Outgoing Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard, 34, has already had talks with the club's chairman, Tom Werner, and manager Brendan Rodgers about returning to Anfield in a coaching role when his LA Galaxy contract expires. (Times - subscription required)external-link

Manchester United's pursuit of Gareth Bale dominates the back page of Friday's Daily Mirror
Manchester United's pursuit of Gareth Bale dominates the back page of Friday's Daily Mirror

Gerrard has urged Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling, 20, to sign a new contract with the Anfield club. (Express)external-link

Liverpool will compete with Arsenal and Manchester United to sign Ghana forward Andre Ayew, 25, from Marseille. (Daily Star)external-link

But the Reds have been told they will have to pay more than £20m to sign Real Sociedad defender Inigo Martinez, 23. (Talksport)external-link

Newcastle have cancelled an end-of-season awards dinner scheduled for next Wednesday at St James' Park, as it would "not be appropriate" with their Premier League status yet to be secured. (Sun - subscription required)external-link

Inter Milan will pursue the signing of Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure, 32, across the summer, according to the Italian club's president. (Daily Mail) external-link

City will look to replace Toure with Monaco's £25m-rated midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia, 22, and are also targeting Layvin Kurzawa, a 22-year-old left-back at the French club. (Sun - subscription required)external-link

Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, 28, is a target for Arsenal should they fail to sign Chelsea's Petr Cech, 32, this summer. (Telegraph)external-link

Meanwhile, Leicester boss Nigel Pearson wants to sign on-loan German defender Robert Huth, 30, on a permanent deal from Stoke. (Leicester Mercury)external-link

And the Foxes will make a bid of £8m for Japan forward Shinji Okazaki, 29, this summer after reopening talks with Mainz. Telegraph)external-link

Arsenal will receive £3m if Barcelona win the Champions League as part of the deal that took defender Thomas Vermaelen, 29, to Spain last August.(Independent)external-link

Friday's Daily Mail back page
The back page of Friday's Daily Mail is dominated by a story about Manchester United lining up a move for Tottenham forward Harry Kane

Former Sunderland and Brighton manager Gus Poyet, 46, is on a list of names Leeds United chairman Massimo Cellino has put together to replace Neil Redfearn at Elland Road. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Brentford's outgoing boss Mark Warburton says he has been in contact with Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers and Burnley boss Sean Dyche for advice as his side look to overturn a 2-1 deficit against Middlesbrough in the Championship play-off semi-final on Friday. (getwestlondon)external-link

QPR's 32-year-old midfielder Joey Barton has been frustrated in an attempt to return to Ligue 1 club Marseille next season due to his wage demands. (Independent)external-link

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino will resist giving retiring goalkeeper Brad Friedel, 43, a sentimental final appearance in the club's final two games of the season. (London Evening Standard)external-link

Fifa president Sepp Blatter has not visited the USA for almost four years as he fears being questioned by the FBI regarding their ongoing investigations into the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, claims a documentary. (NBC Sports)external-link

Everton manager Roberto Martinez will not be with the Toffees side for the Europa League second qualifying round tie on 16 July if they get into that competition via the Fair Play ratings - instead he will be with the main squad, who face Stoke in the Barclays Asia Trophy in Singapore on the same date. (Daily Mirror)external-link

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce says only the celebrated illusionist Harry Houdini could have done a better job than him at Upton Park over the past four years. (Guardian)external-link

Best of social media

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech has posted footage of himself on YouTube playing drums to a Rihanna track. The 32-year-old tweeted:external-link Haven't done a female artist drum cover ... So today I changed it :-)).

Brad Friedel
Tottenham goalkeeper Brad Friedel says he has been "overwhelmed" by messages after announcing he is retiring at the end of the season
Wayne Rooney's first team

Manchester United and England captain Wayne Rooney has posted a picture on Twitterexternal-link of the first football team he ever played for.

And finally

Arsenal have agreed to pay Luton Town £10,000 compensation for 11-year-old midfielder Charlie Patino. (Daily Mail)external-link

A fan of eight-time Manchester United title winner Gary Neville has had the 40-year-old's face tattooed onto his leg. (Manchester Evening News)external-link

Virgin Trains, sponsors of Preston North End, has apologised because bank holiday engineering works will leave the club's fans stranded in London after the League One play-off final on 24 May. (Guardian)external-link

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